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Epistemology, Multicultural

In educational practice and research, the term epistemology has come to refer to a wide range of questions and theories about knowledge that have traditionally come under the purview of philosophy of knowledge, and more broadly under sociology and anthropology of knowledge, and psychology. These questions include what knowledge is, who can claim to have it, the differences (if any) between knowledge and belief (or between knowing and believing), what count as sources of knowledge, and how knowledge is acquired or developed. The term multicultural epistemology, which is not used very frequently, is open to multiple interpretations that depend on the underlying conceptions of both “epistemology” and “multiculturalism” that are held. This entry begins by addressing the difference between multicultural societies as phenomenon and multiculturalism ...

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